Best Football Running Backs of All Time

The Contenders: Page 3

41 Larry Johnson Larry Johnson Larry Alphonso Johnson, Jr. is a former American football running back in the National Football League.

most rushing yards of 2006 season did very well last year and did not even start all the games better then some of the other backs listed

42 Brandon Jacobs
43 Mike Alstott

Mike alstott is the best back he ran people over like nothing he dragged people across the field he carried people on his back while he ran he should be in top 3 because he was a freight train if anything got in his way he would destroy it!

He fast strong run over big men playing for yers and 71 tochdowns

44 Warrick Dunn

He is in the top 15 best running backs, and could catch and block.

So underrated hes twice the back that Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson are. - Chris-1


He can catch too

V 3 Comments
45 Archie Griffin

two Heisman Trophy awards

46 Christian Okoye

Best short yardage running back ever! Guaranteed 2-3 yards with every touch. Unstoppable!

big dude dig heart runs people ever. Best ever period.

He is this low because of Steve Atwater, who did tried to tackle him head on and laid him out. He retired soon after as a result of that blow.

47 Edgerrin James Edgerrin James Edgerrin Tyree James is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons.

Yo give the cat some love. Lets be serious when he was on the Colts and healthy you were guaranteed at least 1,300 yards. He could have been better but playing alongside Manning, Manning got more touches. He also made Manning better by removing pressure through the play-action. Manning, Harrison, and James (The Modern Triplets), sure they don't have 3 rings like Aikman, Smith, and Irvin but don't doubt their skills. If James didn't "run" for the money he might also have a ring by now. Should be in top 20. - yougnr1116


This entire list blows. The edge this far down proves it.

This guy should be higher! - htoutlaws2012

V 2 Comments
48 Jamaal Charles Jamaal Charles Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles is an American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

He should be in top 30! He is so good I think he should be rating 92 out of 99 no wonder why in madden mobile says he is rating 88 and bo Jackson 90 crazy I seen him play in some of the running back videos and Jamaal Charles is a lot better

Come on, why is he clear down here. He should at least be right by Larry Johnson. He is pretty much the reason why the chiefs won anything in the 2012 season. Over 1000 rushing yards every season.

Sorry, I meant he was drafted from the University of Texas, but when he was ten years old he competed in the Special Olympics.

Such a threat at any offensive position.

V 10 Comments
49 Willis McGahee

Best stiff arm doubt about it.

V 1 Comment
50 Lawrence Maroney
51 Chester Taylor

he has improved a lot from Baltimore he is a beast!

V 1 Comment
52 Matt Forte Matt Forte Matthew Garrett Forte is an American football running back for the New York Jets in the National Football League.

Up there with some of the best receiving backs in football. One of the most consistent backs and all round players in the NFL today, should be higher

Can barely get past the line of scrimmage.

Should be like 20. No clue how he is 54.

Matt Forte shood be down more.😕

V 3 Comments
53 Thomas Jones

He just keeps putting up numbers, Beast of a player. Gets picked up by KC and everyone thought it was to back up Jamal Charles... But no it wasn't he had starter written all over him. He is 2nd only to LT for yards gained currently playing in the NFL

V 1 Comment
54 Dorsey Levens Dorsey Levens

There's are packer


55 Marion Motley

As one of the first black players in modern pro football, Motley was a pioneer for his sport, much like his baseball contemporary, Jackie Robinson. And like Robinson, Motley had to endure far more physical and verbal abuse than white ballplayers of his era. The Cleveland Browns� fullback often took extra shots to his head or hands on the bottom of the pile after being tackled. However, that pile was usually several yards beyond the line of scrimmage because Motley, a bruiser at 6-1, 240, was very hard to tackle. "If you didn�t stop him at the line of scrimmage, you were in trouble," Baltimore Colts� Hall of Fame defensive tackle Art Donovan said.

Motley, along with quarterback Otto Graham, helped Cleveland win the All-American Football Conference title for four straight seasons. The Browns joined the NFL in 1950 and Motley, at age 30, led his new team to a championship and his new league in rushing with 810 yards and a gaudy 5.8 yards-per-carry average. In 1968, Motley ...more

Only Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Earl Cambel are ahead of Marion Motlley.

Watch old film this guy killed people at his play

56 Kevin Faulk
57 Abner Haynes

Abner was far and away a better back then 80% you have on your list. Fast, elusive, tough... Could run and catch, return K.O. S et al. MVP of the AFL in its first year. 22 T.D. S in '62 Dallas texans Chapionship year... You're dreaming to put so many other mediocre backs ahead of him!
Chris burford texans/Chiefs 60-67

58 Demarco Murray Demarco Murray DeMarco Murray is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.

Demarco murray surpassed jim browns record for season opener 6 consecutive 100+ yard games (7) he should be in the top ten

The years with Dallas sure when he went to Philly he lost my respect. - htoutlaws2012

V 4 Comments
59 Marcus Dupree

Easily the greatest but due to injury the greatness he held was soon crushed but he still was one of the greatest college players ever

Best running back of all time. Stronger than Jim Brown and Faster than Walter Payton

College one of the best running back... Big! Fast! Strong! What a talent this football player he was. Played in the USFL but he got injured and did not have a chance to demonstrate his skill in the NFL just as a back up for the LA Ram.

60 Theo Riddick Theo Riddick Theo Riddick is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

Lol at someone even putting him on this list!

V 3 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Top Ten NFL Running Backs of All Time Top 10 NFL Running Back Busts of All Time Greatest College Running Backs Top Ten Best NFL Running Backs of the 2015-2016 Season Top Ten NFL Running Backs of the 2013-2014 Regular Season

List Stats

14,000 votes
143 listings
12 years, 76 days old

Top Remixes (82)

1. Barry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. O. J. Simpson
1. Walter Payton
2. Emmitt Smith
3. Barry Sanders
1. Walter Payton
2. Barry Sanders
3. Jim Brown

View All 82


Emmitt Smith simply the greatest ever.
Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.